WOBBLY BITS, JELLY AND ASPIC

Caroline: I’m an existentialist.
Eberlin: Uh – you’re a what?
Caroline: I’m an ext – isn’t that the right word?
Eberlin: I would say “exhibitionist” is more to the point.
Caroline: What’s an existentialist, then?
Eberlin: Well, it’s slightly more complex than romping around naked. – From the film “A dandy in aspic’ (1968)

Ah, Summer is here in all her glory; a blissful time marred only by the widespread display of naked flesh. Buxom women abound, flaunting their wobbly bits. I am reminded of my dad’s comment upon regarding a woman who considered it in order to reveal her ample curves in a tiny bikini on a crowded beach: without a trace of irony, he said “It must be jelly, because jam don’t shake”.


This memory made me smile as I added the gelatin to my chicken in aspic, a dish my dad was very fond of. My dad has been much on my mind over the past few days. I can’t stop thinking how delighted he would be at the frivolity of my new job. He often spoke of his dream to pack in the corporate world and open a fishing bait shop on a beach, wear shorts and go barefoot every day; the male equivalent of Shirley Valentine, if you will. I raised my glass of celebratory bubbly to him and wondered what my hairdresser-mother would make of this caper.
This photo is for Paula, who asked about it:


It is a scale model mannequin used for life drawing. I’ve had mine since high school, his name is Maurice and he is a stalwart keeper of secrets.
And the rose is for everybody, I’m generous that way …

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88 Comments Add yours

  1. Leeswammes says:

    Ah, a rose, in bloom! It’s so nice be be kept updated from the other end of the world where it’s almost SUMMER! Lovely. Via you I can at least enjoy a little bit of summer, summer by proxy.

    1. theonlycin says:

      I aim to please *wink*

  2. SidevieW says:

    Ah if only bits didn’t wobble so 😉

    Love that rose

    1. theonlycin says:

      I love that the roses are being such show-offs 🙂

      1. SidevieW says:

        My roses have done their first flashy bit, been deadheaded and fed. Now we wait for the summer of rolling sprouting of long legged bits topped with the bunches of flowers. If only they didn’t have thorns!

      2. theonlycin says:

        Many of mine don’t have thorns 🙂

  3. Sparkle says:

    Enjoy the salon Cin!

  4. leigh says:

    Ah, tongue in chic! I swear that rose just winked a me…

  5. suzicate says:

    aahhhh, I can almost smell the sweet perfume of the beautiful rose, thank you!

    1. theonlycin says:

      You’re welcome, ’tis a heady scent 😀

  6. I have a Maurice of my own – and here I thought he was meant to hold my jewellery – oops. He does however sit naked on the bookshelf in my office.
    🙂 Mandy

    1. theonlycin says:

      Poor lad must get cold in winter 😉

  7. It must be jelly! ha-ha 😀 😀 Some people know just how to take this to the extreme: If you’ve got it flaunt it… (and sometimes maybe rather not, huh?) 😀

    1. theonlycin says:

      I swear I never a blindfold sometimes … 😉

  8. Pseu says:

    When we lived in South Africa we had a maid who called insects (and I have no idea how these words are spelt) noo noo and haw haw.
    Can you throw any light on this memory? Anyway your rose has a noo noo or a haw haw in it – possibly!

    1. theonlycin says:

      I have no idea, Pseu, which province did you live in? That may provide a clue …

      1. Pseu says:

        we lived near Durban.

      2. theonlycin says:

        Ah, then it is a Zulu thing, off I go to ask around 🙂

  9. Thanks, Sidey! But, I will tell you that I prefer LIVE drawing models to life drawing models, the male variety of course.

    In the meantime, while i wait for him to show up, I shall enjoy the lovely rose. . .

    1. theonlycin says:

      Cindy … Sidey … as long as we’re among friends 😉

  10. I just called you Sidey! Please forgive! I had just finished writing an extended comment on her site, and her name appeared on my computer screen instead of Nancy! Wait! It’s Adeeyoyo, roght? No, it’s Tilly! That’s it, Tilly! Or is that Tandy?

    No, of course not, it’s the one and only original Cin! 😆

  11. dinahmow says:

    My mother referred, somewhat tartly, to lumpy bosoms threatening escape, to atomic outfits – 90% fall-out.
    That rose! Could it be “Just Joey”? Beautiful, whatever it is. Thankyou.

    1. theonlycin says:

      *snorts at lumpy bosoms* Bwahahahaha!

  12. bluebee says:

    Anything in aspic – *shudder*

  13. Ahhh, yes, those wobbly bits, can’t stand them… except in an aspic! Great blog, it made me laugh today!

  14. nursemyra says:

    oh my what a sensational rose

    1. theonlycin says:

      Ain’t it just? 🙂

  15. Lovely post, Cindy, full of the warmth of Summer Sun. Some of your humour today reminds me in a way of Noel Coward.

    1. theonlycin says:

      Oh my … you flatter me!! 😀

  16. slpmartin says:

    You so do know how to remember someone best…..one should always celebrate the lives of those we have loved and lost…cheers my friend!

  17. dearrosie says:

    J’adore your Prize roses. Can I use the yellow one???

    Love your dad’s “It must be jelly, because jam don’t shake” comment.

    We sell the exact same scale model mannequins in our Museum store.

    1. theonlycin says:

      Of course you can use the rose 😀

  18. Ruth says:

    Such a beautiful rose!

    1. theonlycin says:

      A gift from nature, Ruth 🙂

  19. ceciliag says:

    Oh another rose!! and hysterical your dads comments on beachy wobbly bits! I shall raise a glass to that as well! c

    1. theonlycin says:

      Bottoms up, Cecilia 😀

  20. Spectra says:

    Looks like your summer is gearing up to be a remarkable one!

    1. theonlycin says:

      Yes, Spectra, it seems bursting with promise 🙂

  21. nrhatch says:

    I hope that you are LOVING your new gig, girlfriend! The rose is FAB! 😀

    1. theonlycin says:

      So far so good, Nancy, thanks 🙂

  22. Do you actually ever use Maurice for drawing? My wife has a Maurice and she insisted she had to have it, but has never used it for drawing. Maybe he keeps her secrets for her too.

    1. theonlycin says:

      I do use Maurice for drawing, Paul, but I mostly use him for secrets … 😉

  23. Tandy says:

    thank you for the rose! We are faced with a lot of wobbly bits every year 🙂

    1. theonlycin says:

      I should imagine it’s quite horrific in your neck of the woods 😉

  24. We all dream of an easier existence, don’t we? Not one that necessarily involves less work (the motive is rarely laziness), just less stress. Sounds like your dad would have loved your new job, Cindy.. 🙂

    1. theonlycin says:

      That’s exactly it, Celia, in the end the money matters so little in comparison to the lack of stress 🙂

  25. MissChris says:

    My bits wobble so that I have to get that special “hold them in” swimwear!
    Please could you share your aspic recipe??

    1. theonlycin says:

      I will give you the recipe, Chris, maybe on the weekend when I have time to type it up 🙂

  26. Tilly Bud says:

    Love your Dad’s quote.

    Thank you for the rose 🙂

    1. theonlycin says:

      You are welcome, Tilly 🙂

  27. Sally says:

    Good luck Cindy. Not that keen on eating wobbly stuff but can admire your dish anyway.

  28. bandsmoke says:

    Hugest congrats on your new venture, so pleased for you 🙂 We are officially boiling today – a balmy 38 deg c at lunchtime, be warned my friend I suspect its coming your way. Glorious foto by the by – does its golden self have a name (botanically speaking)?

    1. theonlycin says:

      I am not sure of the name, Bandy, I think it is ‘Prize’ 🙂

  29. adeeyoyo says:

    I adore those old fashioned, frilly edged roses, Cindy!

  30. inzwakazi says:

    I wobbly my jelly bits a lot in-doors in summer…ALOT!

    1. theonlycin says:

      Eeeek … too much info 😉

  31. Tammy says:

    I loved reading this. Lovely memories that brought a smile to my face.

    1. theonlycin says:

      I am glad, Tammy 🙂

  32. souldipper says:

    As much as I cannot imagine anorexic people seeing themselves as “fat”, I cannot imagine what possesses people to expose jiggly bits just because of some fashion dictate.

    Here’s to keeping the jigglies in jam jars! 😀

    1. theonlycin says:

      LOL at jam jars 😉

  33. I saw so many surprising jiggly bits at the beach this summer. I can’t believe what some people are willing to expose. Ick. I figure if I don’t want to see then no one else does either!

    Beautiful beautiful rose. I think I like yellow ones best. Well yellow and pink.

    1. theonlycin says:

      I lean towards the yellow ones too 🙂

  34. johnlmalone says:

    I love Maurice and I love dad’s sense of humour. I broke out laughing when I read this 🙂

    1. theonlycin says:

      If I made you laugh my work here is done, John 😀

  35. Mal says:

    Haha, loved your dad’s quote! …and, as always, love that rose…thank you, Cindy! 🙂

    1. theonlycin says:

      Always a pleasure, Mal 🙂

  36. klrs09 says:

    Beautiful post, Cindy. And thank you for sharing the rose — it’s gorgeous.

    1. klrs09 says:

      Oh, and I loved what your father said about the woman on the beach — that brought a belly laugh!

      1. theonlycin says:

        My dad was a very funny guy 🙂

    2. theonlycin says:

      I will try to keep up the supply of rose pics, Kathy 🙂

  37. Jamie Dedes says:

    Gosh, I thought all those scale models were female!!!

    You’re dad was a funny one, huh?

    Sun looks good. I love winter, but right now I’m sitting here wrapped in a blanket and shawl. Heat on. Windows closed.

    1. theonlycin says:

      I am definitely a summer baby, Jamie 🙂

  38. LOL @ the jelly!! Beautiful rose!!

  39. The Hook says:

    This was a nice romp through the English language! Well done.

  40. Tokeloshe says:

    Thank you for the Rose, it’s beautiful!

    1. theonlycin says:

      You are welcome, Tok 🙂

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